The news came to her at the start of February that she was to deliver a motivational talk to the young students of Nyakach High School deep in Nyanza's Nyabondo plateau. It was something the Kenya Pipeline Volleyball Team captain only dreamt of as a child.
“I found out about it at the start of February. It was the best way to start this year," says Atuka, who is in her fourth year at Kenyan Pipeline, one of the top volleyball teams in the country.
"Being given a chance to inspire young girls who would one day want to make a difference in the society is something that fills my heart with joy." she continues.
Born and raised in the Western part of the country, a region better known for churning out the country's football talents, Atuka had no idea that one day she was to be one of the shining stars in volleyball, a game she started playing while in standard seven at Musoli Primary School.
"My home area is better known for football but I chose volleyball first because I needed to be involved in sports during the evening games time and secondly because my physic put me at a disadvantage for the other sports, I wouldn't be comfortable with the ball on my feet for instance " she says this with a laugh.
"As time elapsed I developed a love for the game and I have never looked back since then." Atuka says.
Spending the better part of her life in rural Kenya meant she only read about volleyball in the dailies but that did not deter her from pursuing her dream hoping that one day she would change the mindset of the people around her area about volleyball.
"I just had to keep on giving my best and prayed that all went well. I had school as a backup should I had failed to make the rank and my parents ensured I completed my studies which to me was a great thing."
Triza joined Mukumu girls high school for her secondary school education a move she believes changed how she was to view the game for the rest of her life.
"While playing volleyball In secondary school we won and lost as a team but we were lucky to make it to some tournaments that gave us the needed exposure. Playing volleyball for Musoli girls was a great determinant of what direction my volleyball career took. That was the key moment in my career because even before I finished my fourth form, different clubs had started enquiring about my availability. Other schools too came knocking at my door with the aim of transiting me but I just wanted to finish school and play the game, so the issue of shifting to another school to repeat a class or two was out of question," Atuka affirms.
"After reviewing offers that came to my table when I was about to finish my secondary school, I decided to join KCB in 2011 immediate after my schooling. They had trailed me for a while and asked in my progress each and every time and felt it was a team that was going to give me the much needed game time I had wanted." She adds.
"I joined KCB at the start of the 2011 season and as a villager and new in town, adapting was something that had to take a while," Atuka says this with another heavy laugh.
"I had ambitions when I left Mukumu girls and was out to make each second of my career count and I think the coach saw the potential in me and he kept playing me," Atuka says.
Her performances improved match after match as the season progressed ultimately giving her more exposure on the grand stage of Kenyan volleyball. For only her first year in the league, things were developing so fast for her to a point she imagined she was taking one too many steps, and the wrong steps for that matter.
"I felt maybe something wasn't right because the way things were panning, for me it was beyond my imaginations. My kabambe (small phone) was always ringing with team managers of various teams enquiring about my availability but I kept my feet on the ground and concentrated on my game lest I be affected on the field of play, "Atuka says.
Atuka went on to fend off all these advances and complete her two year contract with the KCB Volleyball team but could not resist an offer from the bankers rivals, Kenya Pipeline, which she describes as too good to turn down.
"Actually I wanted to ink a new contract with KCB but Pipeline came to me with another better offer after having been on my case for the better part of my first season in the top flight. I consulted my people and they encouraged me to take the offer. The game is developing first and I saw it wise to secure the future. That is how I landed here and it has been four years of satisfaction," Atuka says.
Like most players, an opportunity to represent her country via the Kenya Volleyball National team is something that feels her with contentment.
"I was first picked for a national team assignment when I was in form four, when I was part of the team that represented the nation in the Under 18 Junior World Championship Qualifiers in Egypt. Coincidentally, it is at this event that the KCB team convinced me to sign for them. It was a different feeling, it was a different feeling, I still can't have the exact words to describe it." She says.
"The next time I was representing the nation was in Mexico in my first year with KCB in the Under 23 World Championship. By the way I played only two tourneys for the junior national teams before i made the grade for the Senior National Team."
"I made my senior debut in 2014, in the All African Games Qualifiers which again was out of this world considering the names I was up against. Next was the African Cup of Nations, the Grand Prix in 2015 and the World Cup in Japan. I participated too in the 2015 Olympic Qualifiers in Cameroon and last year travelled to Puerto Rico and the Grand Prix. Let me just say I have been a regular in the recent national team assignments."
But what is sports without some memorable wins? In the period from when she joined the national team as a baby faced 17 year old to date, Atuka has won a number of accolades.
"I have won two titles with the national team. The cup of Nations title in 2014 and the 2015 Grand Prix. At club level I have bagged the league title three times. On an individual basis, I won the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2016, that was accompanied by the Magharibi Michezo Award that I won as the best female athlete the Western region had to offer last year," Atuka says.
What of her lowest and highest moment in the game of volleyball.
"My lowest moment was when we failed to make it for the Olympics at the qualifiers in Cameroon. I felt we had a good team that could have made the cut but I just can't explain what happened that day. The highest point of my career is when I'm winning. Maybe everyday is my best moment because I've been winning a lot," she says this with a cheeky smile.
"I just love playing this game, there would have been no Atuka were it not for volleyball." She adds
How about her future plans?
"The motivational talks is something I am looking forward to embracing. Having that opportunity of changing someone's life is something that has spurred me a lot since I was a kid so maybe I'll be into giving back to the society through volleyball clinics sometime in the future," she notes while informing me that it was time to run to the gym.
Then she pulls one more light moment amid bouts of laughter as she sees me off. "The only problem I have is where I come from I am the only tiny sports person, maybe I need more of this gym than the food,"
Born on 14th of April in 1992, Trizah Atuka, a middle blocker, plays for Kenya Pipeline Volleyball Club. She is another of the upcoming players who are likely to be with the national team for many years to come.
The interview done at Kenyan Pipeline training base in Pipeline, Embakasi.